Jurgen Klopp feeling pressure to win trophies with Liverpool to end club’s six-year drought

24 Jul

Jurgen Klopp admits he is under pressure to win trophies at Liverpool as he enters his third full season at the club.

Reds fans have not seen silverware at the club since the 2012 League Cup triumph, and with £175million spent on new signings already this summer, the German boss is aware he must claim his first scalp as soon as possible.

Klopp has yet to win a trophy at Liverpool despite spending £415m in under three years

The £67m signing of Alisson from Roma brought Klopp’s total spend at the club to £415m in almost three years since replacing Brendan Rodgers, who was himself sacked after three trophyless seasons.

Klopp, 51, has also added Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, and with many of the team’s biggest needs addressed by the arrivals, he is aware of rising expectations.

He said: “People will say that it is the next step (to win trophies). We need to be ready for that.

“I know about the expectations and that is completely normal.

The 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev was Klopp’s third defeat from three in cup finals with the Reds

“First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something.

“We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season.”

Klopp has lost all three finals he has reached as Liverpool boss, including May’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

In the Premier League, the club have recorded finishes of eighth, fourth and fourth under Klopp, and the German conceded that ending a 29-year wait for a league championship will be his toughest task due to the strength of rival teams.

The likes of Mo Salah will be key to any Liverpool title challenge in 2018/19
Signing Brazil No1 Alisson from Roma covered one of the club’s biggest areas of weakness

Klopp told reporters: “It is of course consistency. It is not just that but we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent.

“Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.

“Other teams of course will do transfer business as well.

“They will not be weaker than last year.

The 2012 League Cup win under then-boss Kenny Dalglish remains Liverpool’s last taste of silverware

“(Last season’s Premier League champions Manchester) City brought in (Riyad) Mahrez and I did not hear that they lost one player so far.

“So it means the quality of last year plus Mahrez. That’s a nice plan as well.

“(Manchester) United will go for it too, and that’s completely normal. We expect more from ourselves.

“We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup but that does not mean I can sit here and we will get it. We have the highest ambitions, 100 per cent.”

Klopp won five trophies with former club Borussia Dortmund, including two Bundesliga titles

Despite Klopp’s claims of the need for depth, it is reported the club will conduct a mass clearout over the coming weeks, with as many as eight players set to depart.

Recouping as much as £100m to ease the financial burden of the summer’s incomings, under-fire keeper Loris Karius and out-of-favour strikers Divock Origi and Danny Ings are believed to be among those shown the door.

Lazar Markovic could also be jettisoned, with youngsters Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Marko Grujic likely to leave on loan.

Pedro Chirivella is set to complete a £5m move to the Championship with Nottingham Forest and Swansea City in for the Spanish midfielder.

Liverpool plan £100m clearout with eight players set to leave club

24 Jul

Liverpool are set for a mass clearout that will see EIGHT players leave the club for a total income of around £100million.

Under-fire keeper Loris Karius and strikers Divock Origi and Danny Ings are the biggest names to be put on the chopping block, with Jurgen Klopp being forced into sales by his £175m summer spending spree.

Karius’ tortuous time at Anfield appears to be over

The signings of Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri took Klopp‘s total expenditure at the club to £415m since joining in 2015.

Fourth-choice keeper Danny Ward is the only mark on the other side of the ledger this summer, having brought in £12.5m with his move to Leicester City.

In an effort to balance the books and ensure the club adhere to Financial Fair Play regulations, this summer will be the start of an exodus of fringe players, according to the Mirror.

Karius, 25, has had a disastrous pre-season after two huge rickets in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in May, and with Roma keeper Alisson arriving at Anfield his time is now up.

Origi could bring in as much as £26m for the Reds

Errors against Tranmere Rovers and Borussia Dortmund in the club’s summer friendlies have reignited criticism of Karius, whose torment continues from those two crucial gaffes against Madrid in Kiev.

Newly-promoted Fulham are reportedly showing interest, although they have concerns over the player’s wage packet and a difference in valuations with Liverpool, which could mean fellow stopper Simon Mignolet is sold instead.

Belgian Origi, 23, remains highly-rated at the club despite just six goals in 34 games on loan at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg last season.

However, with his path to the first team blocked by Roberto Firmino, Dominic Solanke and the rejuvenated Daniel Sturridge, he will be allowed to leave should an offer of at least £26m come in.

Ings has struggled for fitness ever since joining Liverpool and will be allowed to leave this summer

Valencia are thought to be Origi’s most likely destination, with the move generating a £16m profit on the deal Brendan Rodgers made to sign him from Lille in 2014.

Newcastle United, managed by former Anfield hero Rafa Benitez, are also monitoring Origi as they look to add depth to a misfiring front line.

Ings, still on the way back from two horrific long-term knee injuries, could still command a fee of £20m.

Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Southampton are said to be offering him landing spots should he wish to remain in the Premier League, while Celtic have also expressed interest in the 26-year-old former Burnley striker.

Reds boss Klopp is under pressure to recoup some of the money he splashed on his new arrivals, which could see youngsters Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo shown the door
Marko Grujic could return to Cardiff City, where he won promotion to the Premier League on loan last season

Injuries have limited Ings to just 14 league games in three years with Liverpool.

The one-cap England international fired Burnley to the Premier League in 2014 with 21 goals but has struggled to find form in the top flight, with just three goals to his name since making the Merseyside switch.

Lazar Markovic, 24, another Rodgers signing-turned-forgotten-man, is linked with Getafe, Leganes and Anderlecht, where he spent the second half of last season on loan.

It is thought the club will accept offers as low as £7m to seal a deal for the Serbian, who Rodgers paid £20m to Benfica for in 2014.

The £65m signing of Brazil No1 Alisson from Roma brought Klopp’s Liverpool spending to an eye-watering £415m in just under three years

Young stars Ben Woodburn, Marko Grujic and Sheyi Ojo are all set for loans, but the club could be tempted into selling if the price is right.

Ojo could fetch up to £15m, but is most likely to head out on a temporary deal, with Fulham again interested after taking him on during their promotion campaign in 2017/18.

Cardiff and Lazio are battling for 22-year-old Grujic, who was Klopp’s first ever signing at the club in January 2016.

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella could complete a £5m move to the Championship, with Nottingham Forest and Swansea City looking to take him on.

How Real Madrid’s Neymar pursuit could see Marco Asensio move to Liverpool

27 Jun

Real Madrid’s move for Brazil star Neymar could be very good news for Liverpool in their pursuit of Marco Asensio.

The Champions League winners may need to stump up £300million for the former Barcelona man, which will force them to find funds from their current squad.

Neymar scored his 56th international goal as Brazil beat Costa Rica 2-0 at the World Cup last Friday

And Liverpool, who have reportedly already had a £130m bid turned down for Asensio, could be first in line to benefit, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

The Spanish wonderkid’s release clause is an eye-watering £617m (€700m), but Madrid would likely sell for around £150m to raise the money for a Neymar bid.

Neymar, 26, could be on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain after just 12 months with the French champions, having joined in a world record £198m deal from Real’s fierce rivals Barcelona last summer.

The Brazil captain scored 28 times in 30 games for the Parisians in 2017/18 but after yet another failure for the club in the Champions League, Real could now pounce.

Asensio came off the bench against Liverpool in their 3-1 defeat to Madrid in last season’s Champions League final

Neymar won the Champions League with Barca in 2015, but has not come close to repeating the trick in the three following seasons, with each year ending in a Real triumph.

The forward admitted ahead of this summer’s World Cup that he is ‘not proud’ of being the world’s most expensive player, but could be set to smash the record yet again.

Liverpool meanwhile will be keen to wrap up a deal for Asensio as soon as possible, with the 22-year-old likely to be courted by every top European club this summer if Real are willing to sell.

Asensio has made 91 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring 21 times, and made his World Cup debut for Spain as a substitute against Iran in the group stage.

Naby Keita set to take Steven Gerrard’s iconic number eight shirt at Liverpool

25 Jun

Naby Keita is coming for Steven Gerrard’s iconic number eight shirt as he finally completes his move to Liverpool this week.

No Reds player has worn the shirt since legendary captain Gerrard departed for LA Galaxy in 2015 but Keita, who like Gerrard plays in a box-to-box midfield role and wore eight for former club RB Leipzig, has his sights set on it.

Keita wore eight for former club RB Leipzig and will keep the number at Liverpool

Gerrard, the newly-minted Rangers boss, took the shirt ahead of the 2004-05 season and made 470 of his 710 Liverpool appearances wearing eight.

Previous wearers of the famous shirt include Stan Collymore, Ray Houghton and Sammy Lee, and according to the Liverpool Echo, Keita will be next on the list.

Keita, 23, arrived on Merseyside for the first time last week and allegedly signed autographs for fans with the number eight.

The Guinean midfielder’s £48million transfer from Leipzig was agreed last summer, and is set to be completed this week.

Gerrard first donned the legendary number eight ahead of the 2004-05 season, when he captained the Reds to a fifth Champions League title

In the immediate term, Keita will fill the gap left by the departing Emre Can, who is set to join Juventus on a four-year deal at the end of the month after his Liverpool contract expired.

Keita is joined in the Anfield arrivals lounge by fellow midfielder Fabinho, who signed in a £40m deal from Monaco on May 29.

At Leipzig last season, Keita could only manage a sixth-placed finish in the Bundesliga, making 39 appearances and scoring nine goals in all competitions.

His disciplinary record will be a concern however, having picked up four red cards last season, which Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be keen to eradicate as soon as possible.

‘I’m glad Egypt are getting knocked out’ – Liverpool supporters happy Mohamed Salah is leaving World Cup 2018 early

20 Jun

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah may have opened his World Cup account with Egypt but he will now be leaving the tournament early.

With the Pharaohs losing their opening games against Uruguay and Russia, they needed Saudi Arabia to beat the South Americans.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is heading home from the World Cup after Egypt were knocked out.

It wasn’t to be, though, as the South Americans beat their opponents 1-0, thanks to a Luis Suarez goal.

And now some Reds fans are delighted the forward won’t be advancing to the knockout stages.

Liverpool fans want to see their key player Mohamed Salah get home and recuperate from his injury.

While they wished him every success at the tournament, they want the key player, who suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid, to get home and recuperate fully.

You can see what Liverpool fans said on Twitter below.

 

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